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Important 2013 Election Dates

November 5, 2013 - Uniform Election Date
These dates are subject to changes from the 2013 legislative session.
The more detailed November 5 ,2013 Election Law Calendar is available on the Elections homepage and on the Conducting Your Elections pages.
Authority conducting elections County Elections Officer4/Local political subdivisions

Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline

Thursday, June 27, 2013 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates

Monday, July 29, 2013 for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates (30th day before last day on which candidate may file falls on a Saturday, deadline moves to next business day)

First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY)2

Saturday, July 27, 2013 (“first day” does not move)

Last Day to Order General Election

Monday, August 26, 2013

Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)2

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Friday, September 6, 2013 (does not apply to FPCA)

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, October 7, 2013

First Day of Early Voting

Monday, October 21, 2013 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, October 25, 2013 (new law, regular ABBM)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (FPCA, unchanged)

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, November 1, 2013

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

November 5, 2013 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

1 Local political subdivisions: county local propositions, cities, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and any other local government entity that conducts elections. Many of these elections are conducted on the May uniform election date.

2 Filing deadlines: generally, the filing deadline is the 71st day prior to Election Day. (The new law about the 78th day before election day applies to the November general election date in even-numbered years). The Texas Election Code (the “Code”) may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Code. Local political subdivisions, other than cities or school districts, might not have a "first day" to file. Write-in deadlines for general and special elections also vary.

3If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election. See Section 143.008 of the Code.

4The county elections officer may be the county clerk, the county tax assessor-collector (if commissioners court transfers election duties to him/her), or the county elections administrator (if commissioners court creates the position).